Zack Snyder, in a recent interview with Radio Times, expressed his support for Warner Brothers’ decision to reboot the Superman IP with a Black Man of Steel at the forefront.
He addressed how the studio has taken care of the universe in his absence — his most recent project with them is known to be his final DC film.
“I’m not really involved in any of the decision-making at Warner Brothers in any way, so I guess for me it’s just wait and see what they do with this and how it manifests itself,” Snyder told Radio Times. “But on the surface, it seems interesting.”
Snyder later expressed his opinion on J.J. Abrams’ Black Superman reboot.
“My feeling is that I love JJ [Abrams], I love what he’s done in the past. I’m interested to see what happens, it’s a bold and cool and probably a long overdue move.”
This all occurred during a discussion advertising Snyder’s latest zombie-action / heist film, Army of the Dead, where he reminisces about his work with Warner Bros. and his past involvement with the DCEU.
“[I] love Henry [Cavill] as Superman, of course I do. He’s my Superman.”
Snyder’s take on the 2017 released film, Justice League, received critical acclaim for its drawn-out story and blood-thirsty violence, giving it that “Snyder” charm. However, Warner Bros. is planning on not pushing forward with Snyder’s universe, hoping to go for something more unique.
The Black Superman project is their first step.
J.J Abrams’ newest film — after he inked a deal of $500 million with Warner Brothers back in 2019 to supervise some of the studio’s franchises — is a very controversial topic for the fan-base. The deal spawned the Black Superman project, which has been accused of “tokenization” and a disrespect to Henry Cavill, who has stated time and time again that he would love to take on the Caped Wonder again.
The movie still does not have a leading actor, but it was announced earlier this year that Black activist / Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates will be writing the screenplay. With the help of J.J. Abrams, the script is scheduled to be finalized by December of this year.
Coates is mostly known for his activistic mindset, pushing a lot of suggestive themes into his books, graphic novels and films. He’s worked on the novel “Between the World and Me,” a letter to his teenage son discussing the hardships of being Black in modern society.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen,”
Abrams told The Hollywood Reporter in response to Ta Nehisi’s involvement in the film, “We’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros for the opportunity.”
Even though there are several different Supermen Warner Bros. could use in their new reboot, it comes to no surprise that they would take one of their most prolific characters to the big screen, but several fans of the IP are not having it. Many suggest implementing the character of Val Zod — the son of General Zod and Clark Kent’s successor who first appeared in “Earth 2 #19 (2015)” — into the DC Cinematic Universe.
Coming from an Earth where a brainwashed Superman — whose other alias is Clark Kent — runs rampant across the planet, Lois finds a disheveled Val Zod. He experiences heavy phases of Anxiety and is nothing like the confident and powerful Superman that we all know and love. Be that as it may, he later stands triumphant and becomes the Man of Steel that has been seen countless times before in all forms of media.
The Black Superman movie could be Warner Brother’s chance to start anew or their third strike after a very long inning against the DC fandom. Either way, expect to see the film sometime in 2022 or beyond.
Snyder’s latest Netflix Original, “Army of the Dead” will debut on May 21, and has arrived 10 days ahead of time in roughly 600 theaters.